Pundit Noel Whelan has dropped a big claim involving Tottenham’s links to Mauricio Pochettino.
The Lowdown: Tottenham hold Pochettino talks
As per BBC Sport, Spurs have held talks with Pochettino over a potential return to North London, although there has been no contact with PSG over the matter.
Should Tottenham hire Pochettino?
Ryan Mason is still in interim charge at the moment, but given that talks are being held with other managers, it looks very unlikely that he will get the job on a permanent basis.
The Latest: Whelan lauds potential Pochettino appointment
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan, who is now a pundit after a stellar footballing career playing for the likes of Leeds United and Coventry City, has lauded the potential appointment of Pochettino, and does not understand why he was sacked in the first place:
“I think if you can get him, he’s a fantastic appointment.
“I also think it’s one of the biggest farces in football. Letting him go when they shouldn’t have let him go and bringing in Jose Mourinho. I just think why did you let him go in the first place?
“It was such a bad decision to get rid of him, one of the best up-and-coming managers. He had the most successful season Tottenham have had for a long, long time taking them to the Champions League final, finishing second one season.
“I mean, what were they thinking anyway? It just seems ridiculous the way they got rid of a really good manager. He was snapped up by one of the biggest clubs in European football in PSG because they knew what a good manager they could have.
“I’m pleased he might be back in English football, absolutely. We benefit and so will Tottenham.”
The Verdict: Tottenham should avoid Pochettino for now
There is no doubt that Pochettino did a lot of great things while managing the Lilywhites, none more so than getting them to a UEFA Champions League final, as well as achieving four successive top-four finishes in the Premier League, which is hard to do considering the quality of the division and the size of their budgets compared to the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
However, the Argentine never won a trophy during his time in North London, and managers are judged on what the win for their respective clubs.
Jose Mourinho was brought in with the hope that he could deliver a trophy to THFC, given what he had won in the past. He managed to get them to a Carabao Cup final, but was sacked shortly before it, perfectly encapsulating the sort of luck the club have had around silverware recently.
Spurs do need a serial winner though, who is capable of delivering trophies to the club, and ‘Poch’ does not fit this profile.
However, manager options may be limited if the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte get snapped up, and given that the 49-year-old has still proved himself to be a promising coach, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him return.
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